From Endurance to Dressage
In California, we make our own rain.
Welcome to the land of no rain and warm, sunny days. It's been so warm and sunny that I've been forced to water our arena to keep the dust at bay. And we're doing it in t-shirts! We've had highs in the low 70s for nearly 10 days. This weather has been great for riding, but we sure need some rain here. California is definitely in a drought situation.
In California, we also have horses who clean their own stalls!
Well, we wish anyway. Sydney tried to play the part though. One good thing about warm and sunny winter weather is that we haven't had to clean poop out of the mud.
Oh! One more California thing … We're going to Santa Anita Park (current home of the Breeders Cup) to watch the races this Saturday!
Happy New Year, everyone!
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: